the washing of dishes, cutlery, etc, after a meal
dishes and cutlery waiting to be washed up
(as modifier): a washing-up machine
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How to use washing-up in a sentence
“The Masai who live around the lake are used to these creatures washing up—they think of them as junk,” said Brandt, 47.Frozen in Time: An Elegy to Africa’s Disappearing Species | Nico Hines | October 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Why should their housewives have been boiling water for the washing-up long after American housewives got the stuff on tap?
Yet in British novels of the 1950s, housewives are forever boiling water for hte washing up.
In one corner, Poppo kept water and some rags for washing up.Advocates Reached Out to Ronald Poppo Before He Was Face-Eating Victim | Aram Roston | June 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sit the ham on a piece of aluminum foil in a roasting pan, which will make washing up easier later.
Emily refrains from singing while washing up, and wears felt slippers during her duties about the house.
Alluvion, al-lū′vi-un, n. land gained from the sea by the washing up of sand and earth.
Nearer to the front is the wood pile, and nearer still the board on which the cooking things are placed after washing up.Three in Norway | James Arthur Lees
But a little thought and skill given to the matter will usually lessen the labor of washing-up after a long meal.The Expert Maid-Servant | Cristine Terhune Herrick
But to her surprise she found the bed was empty; and, peeping into the kitchen, saw Mrs. Coomber washing up the breakfast things.A Sailor's Lass | Emma Leslie